NCATS Rare Diseases Are Not Rare! 2020 Challenge Details

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), continues to seek innovative ways to communicate with others and educate people about rare diseases through social media or art. The goal of this Challenge, which is being led by NCATS’ Office of Rare Diseases Research (ORDR), is fourfold: First and foremost, it is to raise awareness for all rare diseases in a collective manner (e.g., drawing attention to common challenges, needs or potential solutions). Second, it is intended to bring attention to the many people with rare diseases. Third, it is to highlight the need for research and the development of new treatments. Finally, through the process of creating an entry, it is highly encouraged to build and foster collaborations across the community.

The first “NCATS Rare Diseases Are Not Rare!” Challenge was launched in 2018 to raise awareness about rare diseases through creative means. See a list of the winning teams that were selected in winter 2018. ORDR is re-launching the NCATS Rare Diseases Are Not Rare! Challenge in 2020. You can help us get the word out by competing in our rare disease prize competition!

Cash prizes for first, second and third place winners are $3,000, $1,500, and $500, respectively. All winners and 10 honorable mentions will be posted on the NCATS public website.

Evaluation criteria that judges will be asked to address are specified below (see Evaluation Criteria under Basis Upon Which Submissions Will Be Evaluated).

Dates and Deadlines

Entries must be submitted by email to sends e-mail) by 5:00 p.m. EDT on June 15, 2020.

The Challenge Begins: February 29, 2020
Submission Period: February 29, 2020–June 15, 2020
Judging Period: June 16, 2020–July 16, 2020
Winners Announced: Summer 2020

For Further Information

Contact Anne Pariser, M.D., NIH ( sends e-mail); 301-402-4338) or Alice Chen, M.D., NIH ( sends e-mail); 301-827-2015), or send an email to sends e-mail).

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